3,780 women and girls are estimated to have undergone female genital cutting (FGC) in Ireland. The practice is not indigenous to Ireland, however it has been known to continue within some diaspora, refugee and immigrant populations.
The type of FGC practised by communities in Ireland is likely to be varied, depending on the traditions surrounding the practice within their ethnic group/country of heritage.
The average age at which girls living in Ireland have undergone FGC is unknown. Girls at risk may undergo FGC from birth, approximately up until the age of 16, depending on the traditional age of cutting within a specific ethnic group.
Varied. Girls living in Ireland may be at risk of undergoing the practice within the country, or overseas. This could be carried out by a medical practitioner, or by a traditional cutter.
Illegal. Ireland passed The Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 making it a criminal offence for someone resident in Ireland to perform the practice, or to take a girl to another country to undergo FGC.
4 in 2018 index, based on 2017 data.
3 deaths per 1,000 live births (2016).
8 deaths per 100,000 live births (2015).
Source: Human Development Index
At least 4.1 million girls around the world are currently at risk of being cut every year.
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